Faculty Profiles

Dr. Brittney

Judkins

Math/Science Teacher

Dr. Judkins is originally from San Antonio, TX. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in chemistry and mathematics from Texas A&M University, her M.A. in Secondary Education Mathematics from the University of Phoenix, and her Ph.D. in Special Education from Northcentral University. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Digital Learning and Leading from Lamar University in order to further technology integration in the classroom.

Dr. Judkins is the mother to a 2-year-old girl and an unknown-age cat; both can often be found “helping” her with her school work or lesson designs. Her hobbies include crafting, reading, creative writing, hiking, playing piano, and video gaming (her dissertation was actually on the introduction of video game elements into mathematics).

The year 2020 marks her third year in Taiwan, and second-year teaching in an international school. Prior to moving to Taiwan, she had a decade of teaching experience, primarily in Algebra, but has taught a wide range of math and science subjects. Dr. Judkins’ educational philosophy is guided by the Multiple Intelligence Theory (Gardner) and the growth mindset (Dweck).

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein

Dr. Carlos

Argueta

Computer Science Teacher

Mr. Argueta is a Honduran that has lived in Taiwan for the past 11 years. He holds both a Masters and a PhD in Computer Science from National Tsing Hua University. Overall, Mr. Argueta possesses 17 years of experience in computer programing and research.

As an educator, Mr. Argueta brings 3 years of teaching Computer Science at High School level, and several years of teaching computer labs at National Tsing Hua University as a Teacher Assistant.

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein

Dr. Ivy

Lin

Music Teacher

Conductor, flutist, educator, Ivy Lin pursues a versatile musical life as a passionate performer and educator. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from University of Washington, a Master of Music Degree from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Music education degree from Taipei University of Education.

As an educator, she had many years of experience teaching in international schools. Within these years, she has produced several musicals as a music director. Seeing students learn and grow is the most rewarding achievement for Dr. Lin.

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

Dr. Pei-Ching

Chen

College Counselor

Dr. Chen received a doctoral degree in History from Exeter University, the UK, and a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University, Canada. She currently completed the College Counseling Extension Program at the University of California, San Diego.

As a previous historian and gender specialist, Dr. Chen likes to adopt oral history techniques with an empathetic touch to guide students. As a lifetime learner, she loves to expand her expertise in college counseling by attending international conferences, listening to College Essay Guy and Inside the Yale Admissions Office Podcasts, joining college information sessions at midnight, etc. As a dreamer, she hopes all AAIA students can make a positive impact on the community, beginning from helping each other.

During her free time, she loves to do TRX training and aerial yoga. She is also an adventure sports enthusiast who just overcame acrophobia.

“Everybody's scared, but if you don't let your fears stop you, that's bravery.” - Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues

Mr. Adolfo

Mejia

Spanish Teacher

Mr. Mejia was born in Honduras in the capital city of Tegucigalpa where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2009. He has worked in Human Resources and in the clinical field before starting his career in Education back in 2014. In Honduras, he worked as a school counselor and Values teacher. In 2017, he moved to Taiwan where he earned a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management Development from Chung Cheng University while also working as a teacher. In his free time he enjoys watching movies, playing basketball, and visiting night markets

“You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” - C. S. Lewis

Mr. Ben

Hildreth

PE Department Head

Ben Hildreth is from a small town in Washington State. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in Physical Education. He then proceeded to travel the world and racked up over 82 countries. As he traveled, he has taught snowboarding, swimming and various sports. He then got his Master degree and teaching certification from the college of New Jersey and settled in Taiwan to begin his career. Ben has coached basketball, volleyball, badminton and Ultimate Frisbee while in Taiwan and has a great enthusiasm for all things active and healthy.

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw

Mr. Brent

Stewart

ELA Teacher

Mr. Stewart majored in health psychology and spirituality and began advanced coursework toward becoming a counseling psychologist in Taiwan. His professional background includes several years in foodservice, namely restaurant management, and corporate catering, writing and editing, and teaching. He studied Chinese for two years in college, then spent one year at NTNU’s Mandarin Training Center, and a couple of years at language centers in both Taipei and Seattle. 

Coming to Taiwan in 1998 to study and travel around Asia left a lasting impact on Mr. Stewart, leading to settling here permanently in 2005. He eventually moved from Taipei to Taoyuan, and is married to a Taiwanese local, who also is a teacher and education administrator. When he’s not busy being a teacher, husband and father, Mr. Stewart is most likely buried in a book or two, cooking, playing drums, or exercising. His passions are being a dad, health and wellness, music, good food and drink, and lifelong learning. 

As someone who has always sought knowledge and enjoyed learning, Mr. Stewart was naturally drawn to becoming an educator. He believes that learning should be both challenging and fun, and that each student has as much to teach him as he offers to them.

Mr. Daniel

Staples

Science/Health Teacher

Mr. Staples is from the province of Ontario in Canada. He will be teaching Health and Chemistry in the coming academic year. He completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada and completed a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney in Australia. He was trained as a teacher at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He has worked in Canada, South Korea, Singapore, Mainland China, and obviously Taiwan. Besides English, he can also speak some Chinese, French and Korean. In his free time he enjoys working out with weights and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

“The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not mean that all experiences are genuinely or equally educative.” - John Dewey

Mr. Eric

Gulotty

Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Gulotty has been in Taiwan for 11 years with his wife Audrey and children Eric and Sabrina. Before coming to Taiwan. he spent over 20 years working in theater and television in New York City. He graduated from New York University with a degree in Theater, but after coming to Taiwan and falling in love with the art of teaching, he earned his Master’s in the Art of Teaching from the University of Southern California as well as a California Secondary Social Studies credential.

Mr. Gulotty spends his time chauffeuring around his family, enjoying Taiwan’s food and culture of Taiwan, and talking with its cats and dogs.

“Anyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” - Martin Luther King Jr

Mr. Frederic

Chang

College Counselor

Born in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Frederic Chang grew up attending American schools in Taiwan, which culminated in his return to L.A. to study at and graduate from the University of Los Angeles, California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science. Afterward, he taught and counseled at two international schools for five years before coming to AAIA.
Having had a similar school experience as his students, Mr. Chang is not only familiar with the college and university application process but also understands what students typically go through during this crucial stage in their lives. Moreover, especially with how quickly the world and career trends may change, he is always trying to learn about new and viable opportunities for his students!
Mr. Chang’s current favorite hobbies are music, film, literature, YouTube, video games, manga, memes, and personal finance. He also enjoys working with his students and colleagues at AAIA.

Favorite quote: "Learning is superior to anything" - Mr. Doug Tracy (my fourth grade teacher)

Mr. Joshua

Hale

CCR Support Teacher

Josh Hale is an English teacher with a focus in writing. He enjoys the process of creative writing and believes that anyone can learn the skills to do it. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he worked as a writing tutor and organized a writing club. His interest in writing has served him well throughout his career. He continues to write freelance fiction for his own enjoyment. He has been published in Terrorhouse Magazine and The Fiction Pool.

Some of his current favorite activities are cycling, video gaming, rock climbing, and bodyboarding (he hopes to surf one day). Some books he has enjoyed are House of Leaves, Infinite Jest, and My Favorite Thing is Monsters: Part 1. He enjoys listening to music and figuring out new songs on the guitar from time to time. He looks forward to working with students on their writing this year!

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story”- Terry Prachett

Mr. Steve

Sun

EAL Support Teacher

Mr. Sun graduated from the University of California,  Berkeley, with a major in film studies.  In 2000,  he returned to Taiwan and worked for CMPC, a major film company as its official website’s editor.  Then he started teaching English in 2002 at David’s English Center, where he found his love for teaching.

Mr. Sun has always loved learning languages. Besides Chinese and English, he also learned Japanese and Thai. In 2012, he started teaching Mandarin in a language school where traditional Chinese characters are taught in Bangkok, Thailand. He also taught Chinese in simplified characters and participated in some interpretation cases.

Mr. Sun believes in the beauty of communication. Movie is communication; language is also communication. The job of an educator is to lead the learner to appreciating this beauty in a fun,  natural way.

“If you want to make a movie, make it. Don't wait for a grant, don't wait for the perfect circumstances, just make it.” - Quentin Tarantino

Mr. Travis

Trojan

Student Liaison/Electives

Mr. Trojan was born and raised in the United States. He double-majored in Chinese Studies and German Studies at Wofford College, where he also earned a certificate in Gender Studies. As a result, Mr. Trojan speaks, writes, and has completed research in Chinese and German (though German is a bit rusty). In addition, Mr. Trojan has earned his Postgraduate Certificate in International Education from the University of Nottingham. 

After graduating from Wofford, Mr. Trojan accepted a Fulbright grant to teach English in Kinmen, Taiwan for two years. During his time in Kinmen, Mr. Trojan learned from his colleagues how to infuse interesting and fun lessons with practical goals and outcomes, which has been a guiding principle of his teaching philosophy to this day. After completing his grant, Mr. Trojan moved to the big island of Taiwan to work as a teacher and administrator at Taoyuan American School for four years. There, he worked as the head of the Middle School and curriculum coordinator, as well as taught Social Studies, Debate, Theatre, Chinese and other courses. During this time, he often worked with students on various activities, as well as academic and social remediation. Now, Mr. Trojan is ready to start a new chapter with AAIA!

In his free time, Mr. Trojan enjoys painting, writing, cartooning, and searching the island for the best stinky tofu! (No, really!) Mr. Trojan is always searching for new hobbies and skills to learn and grow from. Let him know if you have any recommendations!

“If I had not immersed myself in books, in stories and legends, in newspapers, in reports, if everything communicable had not grown up in me, I should have been a nonentity, a collection of uncomprehended events.” - Ingeborg Bachmann

Mr. Ty

James

Curriculum Coordinator/ELA Teacher

Mr. James has been an educator for over eighteen years. He is a Texas and National Board Certified teacher, with a bachelor’s degree in communication and theatre arts, and a master’s degree concentrating in the teaching of writing, both from Eastern Michigan University. He has taught at the middle school, high school, and community college levels, and also in museum education. Ty has extensive service-learning, advisory, standards-based grading, and team-building experience. He was a Teacher of the Year in 2010, and first moved to Taiwan to teach ESL in 2015.

In 2017 Mr. James and his wife, Ms. Rich, spent 6 months thru-hiking all 3540 kilometers of the Appalachian Trail in the U.S. They have also climbed several of Taiwan’s Top 100 peaks, including Jade Mt., Snow Mt., and Nanyu Mt., and plan to climb many more.

Make good choices.

Ms. Amanda

Hamilton

ELA Teacher

Ms. Hamilton graduated from Tulane University with a BA in Anthropology. She set out to be a modern Margaret Mead, but instead became a modern Mrs. Patterson due to the funny way life works. After graduating, she was selected to be a Teach for America Nashville Charter Corps member. Ms. Hamilton taught in Metro Nashville Public School district for four years before moving to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, then venturing to Bahrain to teach internationally.  Finally, Ms. Hamilton landed on the beautiful island of Taiwan in 2018 to teach IB MYP Language and Literature, writing, and head the Writing Department before joining AAIA. 

Ms. Hamilton adores reading fiction and nonfiction, dance parties (solo or with others), podcasts, friends, and nature. She enjoys cooking as well; though, it is best if she cooks with adult supervision. Both Ms. Hamilton and her world-traveling cat, Prince, hope that Taiwan will be their forever home. Ms. Hamilton is ecstatic to join AAIA’s vibrant learning community and happy she can continue to support Prince’s lavish lifestyle simultaneously. 

Ms. Hamilton models her learning and teaching style from her favorite teacher: the aforementioned, formidable Mrs. Patterson. She believes in high expectations, fostering unrelenting curiosity, and being a good human. She turns to Dr. Brene Brown for inspiration on these points and all things learning, leading, and teaching. Ms. Hamilton strives to “stay awkward, brave, and kind,” as Dr. Brown advises. 

“There is always light. If only we are brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” - Amanda Gorman

Ms. Andrea

Rich

Science Teacher

Ms. Rich hails from North Carolina, U.S.A. She has a B.S. in general biology with a minor in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. This is her second year teaching high school biology and middle school life science at AAIA. She believes education is the most valuable thing a person can have.

Andrea’s interest in science comes from her affinity for the wilderness. She grew up in the Smoky Mountains and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in the United States (with Mr. Ty James, her husband). She continues to take every opportunity to climb mountains.

 

“The search for knowledge is in our genes. It was put there by our distant ancestors who spread across the world, and it’s never going to be quenched.” - E.O. Wilson

Ms. Betty

Deng

6th Grade Teacher

Ms. Deng graduated from Simon Fraser University located in B.C., Canada with a Bachelor of Art in Linguistics and a TESOL Certificate. She received her Master’s degree in Education and a Teaching Certificate in Elementary Oversea/International Education from The College of New Jersey.

Ms. Deng has sixteen years of teaching experience in private schools in both Canada and Taiwan. In her teaching years, she was awarded “The Excellent Teaching Award” in Yung-Ho city in year 2004, and Teacher of the Year” in 2015.

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.”

Ms. Bronwen

Shelwell

Art Teacher

Bronwen Shelwell is from South Africa and has lived abroad for over ten years. She received her BA and Masters equivalent PGC in Arts Education from the University of South Africa. Majoring in the glass she has since exhibited in South Africa, Canada, Namibia, Hong Kong, and China. In Johannesburg, she also managed an art gallery and curated a nonprofit platform for emerging artists to show their work. Since living in Asia she has also published on the development of the arts on the continent.

Her teaching philosophy is based on learning how to be independently creative within an openly collaborative learning environment. Arts education focuses on skills development, problem-solving, and concept generation and is one of the most exciting and holistic subjects to learn!

“The very existence of art depends on the exploration of the parts of life which have not yet been opened.” - Anais Nin

Ms. Catherine

Lin

EAL Support Teacher

Ms. Lin has fallen in love with English since she went to church at the age of 12. She started to learn English while listening to the church choir singing hymns and reading the Bible. Also, she has learned some wisdom from the hymns and the Bible, which have broadened her world.

In 2000, she obtained her CELTA & Master’s degree in English Language Teaching from Queen’s University of Belfast, UK. After she came back to Taiwan, she worked as an English teacher at David’s English Center in Taipei for more than 15 years because she really enjoyed assisting students to acquire the English language for all purposes, such as entering a prestigious school or university, or getting a job offer from a well-known company, and so forth.

In August  2020, she is excited to join AAIA as an EAL teacher and team director. She is looking forward to joining the big AAIA family and making a contribution.

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” - Samuel Johnson

Ms. Claire

Lin

College Counselor

Ms. Lin was born and raised in Taiwan. She grew up in a loving family and became the combination of the rational and emotional side of her parents. She majored in Communication and doubled minor in Marketing and Media Economics and Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California. Being the Resident Assistant in the freshmen dorm for 3 years, Ms. Lin planned events, provided support, and created a home away from home for the freshmen. After graduation, Ms.Lin worked in various industries such as news media, consulting and ended up finding her passion and devoted herself to education, especially in college and career readiness. 

As someone who has been to Disneyland in California, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Paris, Ms.Lin loves visiting Disney parks and adores traveling. Other than traveling, she enjoys cooking for her loved ones. Even when encountering a few failures, she never gives up. (Being positive is definitely one of her strengths!) The next recipe that she would love to learn is how to make Boba Tea. 

Ms. Lin believes that every student is unique and hopes to accompany each one of them to find the distinguished features within while guiding students to explore the world and structure their own values. As a person who always has a smile on her face, Ms. Lin is more than excited to join the AAIA community and to meet each one of you in person!

Ms. Jade

Lee

Guidance Counselor/Health & Wellbeing

Ms. Lee was born and raised in Taiwan. She’s a certified counseling psychologist who earned her degree of Bachelor of Science, Psychology in 2008 from National Chengchi University. Being a mental health lecturer and counselor in New Taipei City back in 2013, she provided individual, peer, and family sessions for teenagers, young adults, and parents in an NGO community center in Taipei to help people with addiction and social-emotional needs. After that, she had five years working with teenagers and families from diverse cultural backgrounds in international schools including KCIS, Hurtwood House, and Nanwai King’s College school in China. She’s currently in her second year of the ICEEFT Emotionally Focused Therapy Training Program.

As a music lover and explorer, Ms. Lee adores the glamorous big band jazz in the 40s and exploring American wild west towns for the frontier spirit. She spends most of her leisure time traveling, exploring new music, enjoying street dance and art. She loves to hear what people have to say, be there for the people in need, and guide them to develop their potential mentally, emotionally and socially in life. She’s also a good secret keeper and students’ well-being is her utmost priority. Ms. Lee is looking forward to joining the AAIA community and meeting with you all!

"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination." - Carl Rogers

Ms. Lindsey

Baldwin

Humanities Teacher

Ms. Baldwin is from Ohio, USA, and has taught for 10 years in the USA, South Korea, Honduras, Egypt, Lebanon, and now Taiwan. She holds an Ohio professional teaching license in history and has both a BA in history and a MA in Secondary Education.

Although certified to teach history, she has taught ESL, English, and various social studies classes throughout her career at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. She has a passion for travel, salsa dance, reading, and the Spanish language.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

Ms. Megan

Morris

Mathematics Teacher

Ms. Morris grew up in the beach town of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and moved to Chicago for college, where she earned dual Bachelors in Mathematics and Secondary Education. She taught high school math in Chicago for seven years, while also earning her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Ms. Morris loves calculus, social-emotional learning, and finding ways to connect math to social issues. Outside of school, Ms. Morris loves the beach, swimming, cooking, biking, reading, and listening to podcasts.

“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.” - Malala Yousafzai

Ms. Sharon

Gillette

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Gillette is originally from Massachusetts and has been teaching for 15 years with the last six at international schools in South Korea and China. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are both in history and she holds professional certifications in History, Integrated Curriculum, and Gifted Education from the state of Florida.  In addition to teaching, she has been able to use her historical thinking skills to write articles for an online encyclopedia, participate in many history based workshops, and to guide students in their own independent research as part of the National History Day program. Outside of school, Ms. Gillette enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and practicing yoga.

If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day; If you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.

Ms. Silvia

Duh

Math/Science Teacher

Ms. Duh was born in Taiwan and grew up in North America. She majored in Anatomy & Cell Biology with a minor in Education at McGill University, Montreal, where she also earned her teaching credential and a M.A in Teaching & Learning with a focus in science and technology.

Ms. Duh is an outgoing person who loves to travel and meet new people. She has a huge passion for exploring new places and eating great food. She is adventurous and always ready to try something new. Her hobbies include painting, swimming, river tracing, and motorcycling.

Ms. Duh has dedicated herself to become a life-long educator and learner. She strives to instill a similar desire in all of the students whom she works with. She emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving, using the science content to develop good evidence-based reasoning and communication skills. She is committed to student success inside of the classroom and in life. Marking her third year of teaching in an international school in Asia, Ms. Duh is super excited to join AAIA and to promote STEM education as it is important to spark an interest in pursuing a STEM career in students.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T.S. Eliot

Ms. Trinidad

Ruperez

ELA Teacher

Ms. Ruperez was born and raised in Taiwan. She double-majored in English Literature and Spanish at Saint Louis University.  Soon after, she received her M.A in English Literature with a Composition Certificate from California State University, Sacramento. She enjoyed Sac State so much that she continued on to get her teaching certificate through the Bilingual/Multicultural Education Department. 

Ms. Ruperez has recently rediscovered a passion for shrimping and glamping in the wilds of Taiwan. In her spare time, she reads non-fiction books and absolutely loves to cook. Her preferred form of travel is road tripping with friends and delights in finding random spots to watch the sunset. When she is not outside, she is fighting with her cat over who gets the more comfortable spot on the sofa. 

Ms. Ruperez is perpetually fascinated with new ideas and sharing it with those around her. She believes that a humorous, safe, and equitable classroom culture leads to self-motivated life long learners. She also actively invites students to discover how fiction and non-fiction can lead to change in their communities. For that matter, she is quite excited to work with the students, parents, and teachers of AAIA.

“Sharing is caring!”

Ms. Winnie

Chiang

EAL Support Teacher

Ms. Chiang loves traveling, she enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new things. She loves adventures and the spontaneity that the journey brings. She received her B.S in English Language Literature from Chongqing Technology and Business University. She wasn’t into spicy food before but now she is a big fan of it!

She has spent the past three years working in international schools with the different age groups of students. Ms. Chiang believes that every student is unique and she is looking forward to joining AAIA this year. During her free time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, and cooking healthy food for her family.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller

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